Showing posts with label SELF ATTESTATION. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SELF ATTESTATION. Show all posts

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Validity of Self Attested affidavits

The second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 4th Report titled ‘Ethics in Governance’ and 12th Report titled ‘Citizen Centric Governance’ had stressed on the need for simplification of Government procedures.  As a part of simplification, the State Government of Punjab in the year 2009-10 decided to do away with the practice of submitting of affidavits and also allowing of self-attestation of copies of certificates for small level Government jobs.

 However, this decision did not have any bearing on the requirement of submission of affidavits in the Courts as per the law. This initiative of State Government of Punjab had won the Prime Minister’s Civil Services Award.  As the part of replication of the aforesaid initiative, the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting on a regular basis the Central Ministries/ Departments and the State/UT Governments to adopt the similar procedure. This is a continuous process.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Mahesh Poddar in the Rajya Sabha today.


Friday, July 03, 2015

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Dr. Jitendra Singh calls for use of self-attested certificates

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has called for use of self - attested certificates since this has been approved by the Government of India for over last eight months. He was presiding over a review meeting of Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), here today. Dr. Jitendra Singh has urged the State governments to encourage this practice and also appealed to the common people, particularly youth, to bear in mind that whenever they approach an office with documents, they should bring to the notice of the authorities that the Government of India now allows self attestation of certificates by the candidate himself.

Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that a circular to this effect had already been sent to the State governments and though most of the states have responded positively, yet in many cases, the information is still not fully percolated to the lower levels of administration. He said that introduction of self attested certificates was one of the most historic measures introduced by the Modi government soon after it took over. The decision was universally hailed both by administration as well as by public.

This revolutionary step not only lessened a lot of hardship faced by the youth applying for jobs or higher education but also conveyed a bigger symbolic message that the Modi government had the capacity to trust the youth of this country, he added.

Recalling from his personal experience, Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that he had personally been a witness to a number of hardships that the youth went through looking for a gazetted officer, a notary, etc., for attestation. Moreover, in certain remote areas of the country many a time, a gazetted officer or a notary was not readily available in the vicinity to perform the task of attestation, he added.

On occasions, there were also complaints that young aspirants had to shell out meager amount in their pockets for accomplishing the task of getting the huge pile of certificates attested. This is particularly ironic in the present age of high technology and biometric facility, he observed and added that in certain areas and departments, however, where statutory, legal or security nature are involved, the earlier practice of getting attestation from an authorised authority has nonetheless been allowed to carry on.

During the review meeting, an assessment was also made of the number of other recent initiatives by DARPG department which include introduction of a pension portal, "Jeevan Praman" initiative, "Anubhav" programme, biometrics and new methods for ease in governance. The Secretary DoPT, Shri Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary DARPG, Shri Alok Rawat and other senior officers of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions have participated in the meeting.


Friday, May 08, 2015

Non-acceptance of self-attested documents-Regarding

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
07-May-2015 18:52 IST
Self-Attested Documents 

The Government has received representations/grievances/complaints from general public regarding non-acceptance of self-attested documents by the officials. Two references of public grievances were received on non-acceptance of self-certification by different authorities. A number of applications under RTI Act, 2005 seeking clarification on the subject have also been received.

Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting States / UTs and Central Ministries to adopt self-certification and for abolition of affidavits and several communications have been sent in this regard.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. R.Lakshmanan in the Rajya Sabha today.




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Government to replace affidavits with self-attested documents; order soon

The Centre will replace the requirement of furnishing affidavits with self-attested declarations in a major chunk of government-related work and an official order in this regard will be issued soon, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today.

“This thought (to promote self-attestation) was in the process. But it was not been implemented in the full way. No notification has been issued on it. It will be done soon,” he told a press conference on works done by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions during the 100 days of the NDA government.

He said different departments have different sensitivities. However, self-attestation would be pushed to the maximum extent possible, the minister said.

“There may be a problem when you go to some place and an officer may say he will not receive a self-attested document. He will say there is no such order. So, the order will be issued by us. But, till then all stakeholders including the state governments need to work together for it,” said Singh.

He said self-certification of documents is going to be a great boon for the unemployed youth. “In certain security- related matters, gazetted certification might have to be retained, after a dispassionate look,” he said.

“For the first time in independent India, the practice of documents being attested by gazetted officers will be done away with. We have broadly focused on making governance good and simple in the last three months,” Singh said, referring to the work done by the ministry.

He said the promotion of self-certification in place of notarised affidavits will be a significant step in making life easier for the common man and building trust. “As India goes into the 21st century, everyone would recognise the stakes involved in false attestation,” he said.

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